Moses Magemeso, 41, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Jinja district today broke down while testifying before the Commission of inquiry into land matters.
Magemeso, who is a former Secretary District Land Board for Jinja was testifying in regard to 20 acres of land belonging to Uganda Land Commission and leased to the National Fisheries Research Institute; which was fraudulently sold by a surveyor , Mr. David Pande to an Indian national at Shs160 million.
Magemeso told the commission that the then district LC5 Chairman, Innocent Ngobi and District Land Board chairman connived to process a lease title to be given to the Indian.
“One day, (Chairman) Ngobi, introduced Pande and asked him to hand me a file with an application for lease on the land,”Magemeso said.
“Ngobi then instructed me to have the matter scheduled on the agenda in the forthcoming meeting.”
LC5 chairmen are not allowed to get involve in matters handled by the District Land Board.
Magemeso said the district land board chairman Alex Waibale later called him to go on a fact finding mission about the said land.
The commission also heard that on advising Waibale about the illegalities they were getting sucked in, since the land belonged to Uganda Land Commission, Magemeso was reminded that he is merely a secretary whose role was to write minutes.
According to Magemeso, the LC5 chairman started witch-hunting him and eventually he was fired.
“One day I received a message on my phone from someone asking what I had done to the district chairman,” said the witness before he broke down.
A teary Magemeso said that a few days later, an advertisement was placed in the newspapers for his post.
“Even when the advertisement was placed, Waibale brought someone to sit in my office; they sent me out.”
Magemeso said he was witch-hunted for the entire time he spent as Secretary to the district land board in Jinja.